Fifty Interviews — and much, much more!
That’s right: since launching the site in 2010, we’ve published fifty interviews – and three special presentations as well, a concert and two documentaries. You haven’t heard much from us lately not because we had nothing to say, but because we’ve been too busy to say it.
The fiftieth interview, just posted on the site, is with John Borrows, the trailblazing Aboriginal legal scholar, whose books Canada’s Indigenous Constitution and Drawing Out Law offer a very different vision of what law really is, where it finds its roots and its authority, and how aboriginal law fits into the Canadian legal fabric. For our conversation, John was joined by his daughter Lindsay, a law student at the University of Victoria.
That interview was recorded in late August at the Neyaashiinigmiing First Nation near Wiarton, Ontario, in the middle of a rapid trip conducting interviews all over Ontario and Quebec. When videographer Chris Beckett and I got back to Halifax, Salmon Wars took over our schedules, with a screening on September 24 at Dalhousie University, and another on October 1 at St. Mary’s University. Ten days later we were in Vancouver, doing a Salmon Wars screening aboard the new Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior III — and collecting three more interviews.
By then we had also gone out in a 15-foot Zodiac to greet Rainbow Warrior III off Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The Pacific was boisterous that day, with 20-knot winds whipping up a 15-foot sea – but a welcome party of natives was out there in an open skiff, ceremonially ushering the newest Greenpeace ship to the province where the organization was born.
In Ontario we spoke not only with John Borrows, but also with Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge, who are the plaintiffs in a Charter of Rights and Freedoms case challenging the Ontario government’s continuing complicity in the gross pollution of the air and water by the oil and gas industry in Sarnia. In Ottawa, we had a memorable conversation with the amazing Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians; we focussed on the emerging global water crisis, and on the way that free trade agreements function make bad environmental situations worse. Maude was just on the point of publishing her most recent book, Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever, so we posted her interview in September; the interview with Ron and Ada will appear in December.
We went on to Montreal, where we interviewed Steven Guilbeault, the head of Equiterre, the largest and most effective environmental organization in Quebec, and Mohamed Hage — “Mo” to his friends — the energetic and visionary entrepreneur who runs Lufa Farms in Montreal, the first commercial rooftop farm in the world. He’s already built a second rooftop farm in Montreal, and looks forward to replicating his success in other cities and in other countries.
In BC, we gathered three more major interviews. Andrew Weaver is a climate scientist at the University of Victoria, the author of Keeping Our Cool: Canada in a Warming World – and he recently was elected to the BC Legislature as Canada’s first Green Party MLA. His interview will be posted in late November. We also interviewed Tzeporah Berman, who was dismissed as a “whacked-out nature worshipper” before she became an internationally celebrated leader, activist and writer. Along with much else, Tzeporah as the powerhouse behind the “Victoria’s Got a Dirty Secret” campaign that induced Victoria’s Secret to stop using paper produced by logging old-growth forests.
Our third BC interview was a passionate – and long overdue – conversation with the towering David Suzuki, father and continuing inspiration of the whole Canadian environmental movement. He is also the father of another recent guest, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki.
We’ve also done a wholesale overhaul of The Green Interview website, giving it a newer, cleaner look and a simpler structure, making it easier to navigate and much more approachable for potential subscribers. We’ve also changed our initial offer to visitors from “one free interview” to “one free week of streaming, without access to downloads.”
There are a few additional exciting developments, about which I’ll write blog posts later on – but one consequence of all this work is that I haven’t been able to write individual posts about the last two or three interviews. I’m hoping to catch up with those over the next few weeks.
Another consequence is that recently we haven’t quite been able to keep our promise of one interview per month; the Borrows interview is only the tenth thus far this year, and we’re in the eleventh month. We’ll catch up by publishing the Andrew Weaver interview around the end of November, and the interview with Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge before Christmas. By January we’ll be back on schedule.
Thanks for your continuing support! As you can see, we have an exciting array of new interviews in production, and we look forward to sharing them with you.